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Burn Unit
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75 + 125 points

Purple Monkey Dishwaser by Burn Unit, Hey Man Jackson, help im a bear, avidd opolis, teucer, p00n Totenkinder

November 29th, 2007 3:36 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Like Chinese whispers, first one person from one group document something in the theme of their group and post up the proof. The next collaborator then interprets what they think the task was and documents their own solution to it within the theme of their own group and posts it up. The third person then does the same of the second persons documentation, and so on, until all five* groups are represented.

Only when all collaborators have posted do you reveal what you thought the common task was.

*six including people with no group.


Here ye shall find: THE RULES! as they were emailed to me by the task's creator, Mink:


*Make up a task which could apply to any (or no) groups. Complete this task and submit proof of it to another player but do not tell them what the task was.
*Ask them to guess what the task was and submit their own completion to it. (If they agree, add them to the task - make sure your own task description is not written down anywhere)
*Get them to continue on the chain until every group/non-group is represented.
*The first complete chain to hit the praxis wins.

Rules of Play:

*No use of sockpuppets permitted
*The praxis will let us submit without a non-group player, but to be fair to non-group players, the chain must have 6 people.
*If your chain goes dead you are permitted to choose another player, but only if the last player in your chain has missed any reasonable deadline you have set.
*There are no extra points for accuracy, so there is no need to 'help' people further down the chain with hints to the nature of the original task.
*All new players in the chain must be made aware of the rules.

Also challenged are: Sean Mahan, S P A R, The Vixen, Charlie Fish, Susy Derkins, Hey Man

What say ye?! Arrggh!

The race begins by sending out your task completion to another player on the 15th Nov 2007.

Mink x

Jackson is on the task. Posted my completion and passed the baton to the next member of The Race on November 15th, 2007.

Jackson's Task completion:

Well, this shall certainly prove interesting . . . to prove completion of the task, without letting on to what the task was.

*Here lies my original task idea* (added after the praxis was posted)

Arrival at the Wave Organ was greeted by the setting sun.
The Sky is on Fire.
Alcatraz on Fire.
The End of the World has an orange sign.
Don't speed, you might fall off faster.
Golden Gate Roman Candle on Fire.

Passed the baton to the next collaborator on November 15th, 2007

Burn Unit's completion
take me to the end of the world,
step off
paint it red, set us aflame!
the bridge aflame, the city on fire
too damp to strike a match, the cold upon us, the season collapsing, time hastening
paint the town red
we pour out fire from the heart of the sun
(watch video in the gallery below)

Avidd's Completion
A video submission.
I thought that the task was "create a eulogy for the end of the world".
Also burn unit used lots of fire imagery so I thought i should include it to be safe.
Being a Biome player, I used the natural world as my medium. Here in Vienna that amounts to lots of snow and my potted cactus.

So i filmed my cactus in the snow and read a poem by robert frost:
"some say the world will end in fire
others say in ice.
from what i've tasted of desire
i hold with those who favor fire
but if i had to perish twice
i think i know enough of hate
to know that for destruction ice
is also great
and would suffice" (lobbs snowball at cactus)

Within a few hours I passed the baton to MFC
p00n's Completion

I interpreted the video given to me from Avidd as taking a piece of litrature and manifesting it physically...or in my case virtually. I used Simulacra and Simulation by the french social theorist Bauldrillard to tie my completion to my group. I manifested this by creating something virutally that never really existed (a rookie card of my nuts) and then giving it value by auctioning it on ebay. it is a broad interpretation of the essay, but it fits. also if you notice by the 6th picture presented that Wheaties now owns all rights to use my nuts in world wide marketing.

The text I used can be found here
and my ebay listing while it lasts can be foundhere

Made love to Avidd with my mind and passed the baton to Peter Harmon.

Peter Harmon's Completion

As the tasks are supposed to be completed in the fashion of the completer's group, I took an EquivalenZ-based tack and did not verify the actual existence of the wheaties cards. They looked photoshopped, and under the influence of the title about simulacra I presumed this to be the case.

The task, as I interpreted it: Choose a work of literature and document an instance of its title.

Being an EquivalenZialist, I decided to do mine with video games. After the title Special Topics in Calamity Physics inspired me, I collected images of explosions from a variety of different games. Then, I passed my images on to help im a bug.

1074618732138.jpgzw132139.jpgzw232140.jpghalo20432141.jpgdoomgibs32143.pngHelp im a bug's completion

So, the task I interpreted was: Document Explosions.

Sounds like fun. Doesn't sound particularly Humanitarian Crisis, however.
I came up with several methods, of doing it in an HC sort of way, and the one I ended up doing involved writing things I hate on inflated balloons, and popping them in appropriate ways.

Check the images and captions for a description of what happened!

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lost and found
step off
the end of the world
the end of the night
our medium, our elements
the bridge aflame
the edge of the world
Picture 3.png
Picture 4.png
Picture 5.png
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
War Was Beginning
Somebody Set Up Us The Bomb

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posted by Burn Unit on November 29th, 2007 7:23 PM

Document explosions for the win, Mr. Bug! That would make a great task. All of them might work, though "sell rookie cards of your gonads on ebay" sounds like something I couldn't do.

The evolution of this proof is a treat to observe. It's exquisite tasking.

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posted by help im a bear on November 29th, 2007 8:05 PM


it's cool how the task went all over the place just to end up pretty close to where it started

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posted by teucer on November 29th, 2007 8:07 PM

A postscript.

After helping help document his interpretation, I somehow ended up with the leftover undestroyed balloon. A balloon representing one of help's most hated things in the world... Robo Napolean.

As the balloon wasn't going to last forever I decided it was necessary to destroy it tonight. Not for points, of course, but for honor. But then I made the mistake of inviting our good friend JJason to watch - or so I thought.

JJason took the balloon from me before revealing himself to secretly be the nefarious cyborg in disguise! He hastily wrote a sign labelling it a player killing area, grabbed my nerf gun, shot me with it, and despite my best efforts to stop him (while brandishing a can of acetone menacingly) he made his escape - with his ballooniform clone in tow.

We have been foiled once more!

You got those monkeys now...
posted by susy derkins on November 29th, 2007 8:15 PM

Microwaving balloons, snowballing cacti, offering wine to trees, auctioning private parts, explosions and fire: a cool to do list for the end of it all, anyway.

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posted by The Revolutionary on November 29th, 2007 8:16 PM

This is beautiful!

Thank you!

posted by Guy Incognito on November 29th, 2007 8:47 PM

So you thought you could use sympathetic balloon magic to destroy me? Nice try!
RoboNapolean wins again! MWAHAHAHA!

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posted by JJason Recognition on November 29th, 2007 8:52 PM

Damn you RoboNapolean!

But enough of that. Excellent tasking, all around. I especially liked the cactus.

Great stuff.
posted by Loki on November 30th, 2007 1:12 AM

Excellent tasks, and great completions.

This sure is a fun task.

Well done
posted by Charlie Fish on November 30th, 2007 2:05 AM

As a fellow challengee, I cannot help but give you the full credit you deserve for your excellent (and very speedy) tasking.

Our response to the challenge will follow... eventually!

posted by Sylva on November 30th, 2007 6:09 AM

All around good job all. I especially like the depressing lesson at the end. Maybe this will inspire me to actually complete a task, someday...
Also, curse you Robo Napolean! How dare you mock help so!

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posted by Stu on November 30th, 2007 6:42 AM

The progression is both fantastic and observable. Beautifully done.

You win!
posted by Meta tron on November 30th, 2007 5:35 PM

This is wonderful! and incredibly speedy! So speedy I haven't made any monkeys yet... I'll get sewing asap!

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posted by rongo rongo on November 30th, 2007 8:17 PM

particularly nice job of doing explosions in a HC kind of way

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posted by lara black on December 27th, 2007 9:49 PM

gah! i swear i meant to vote for this the first second it hit the praxis. i must have gotten distracted :)

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posted by Bryce on December 31st, 2007 11:15 PM